Java Tea (Orthosiphon stamineus)

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Java Tea, also aptly known as Cat's Whiskers because of it's awesome show-stopping flowers, is a perennial medicinal herb native to Asia.  Java Tea is a rare, beautiful evergreen shrub that is full of large unique blooms throughout summer and fall. 

Java Tea is well-researched for it's many medicinal uses with rapidly growing commercial interest.  It is a close relative of basil and the leaves are widely used in southeast Asia for urinary, kidney, and bladder issues.  Java Tea may have anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, antioxidant, diuretic, antimicrobial, anti-cancer, and analgesic properties.  You can use Java Tea fresh, dried, or powdered. 

How to Grow Java Tea

Plant Type:  Perennial Herb, Shrub

Harvest Season: Leaves are the only part used and can be harvested year-round. Blooms late Summer - Fall

Mature Size: 25 in.

Soil & Moisture: Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9+

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